The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has awarded 88 grants to higher education institutions (HEIs) all over the country through its Institutional Development and Innovation Grants (IDIG) under its K to 12 Transition Program. The fourth and final batch of 10 HEIs were awarded during the 4th Quarter National Directorate on 13 December 2016.

A total of 562 proposals were submitted last July 2016, and were first vetted on a regional level. Of these, 162 proposals were screened by the National Vetting Panel. Of the awarded proposals, 40 are from Luzon, 25 from Visayas, and 23 from Mindanao.

“With these Institutional Development and Innovation Grants, we at CHED look forward to our colleges and universities fulfilling their roles in research and extension, while also contributing to regional and national progress,” said CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan.


CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan

In line with CHED’s thrust to forward higher education during the K to 12 Transition Period, the Institutional Development and Innovation Grants, through CHED Memorandum Order No. 33, Series of 2016, seek to strengthen the role of HEIs across the country as providers of superior quality education, as well as catalysts of innovation and positive change.

“Through the K to 12 Transition Program, we hope to continue these developments in our higher education institutions during the K to 12 Transition Period, in order to become more globally competitive and to raise the quality of education for Filipino students,” Licuanan added.

Proposed projects aim to promote nationalism, inclusive growth and sustainable development, or global competitiveness. Depending on the qualifications and objectives of the HEI, proposals submitted could be categorized as an institutional development grant or an institutional innovation grant.

Institutional development refers to initiatives of HEIs which could enable them to reach Autonomous and Deregulated status, or to become a center of development or center of excellence. Projects may involve strengthening institutional quality assurance, or establishing and enhancing structures for research, development and extension, and internationalization.

Institutional innovation caters to HEIs with higher levels of accreditation in order to bolster academic programs and contribute to the country’s productivity and regional and global competitiveness. Projects may include translating research into material products or technology, development of niche, priority, and endangered programs, forging of academe-industry linkages, and partnerships with international education networks.

HEIs such as Negros Oriental State University, Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, St. Mary’s University in Bayombong, and Olivarez College Tagaytay were approved to implement institutional quality assurance initiatives.

Other HEIs sought to establish programs in priority areas, with Notre Dame University approved to establish a Center for Studies on Multicultural and Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao, and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University to develop a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program. Benguet State University’s Language Bank for the Cordillera Administrative Region is one of the projects approved that is geared toward the country’s culture and arts. Projects for academe-industry linkages were also approved, such as MATS College of Technology for their aviation courses.

In line with the Commission’s thrust towards technopreneurship, projects by St. Louis University, San Carlos University, University of the Philippines Diliman, Batangas State University, and Mindanao University of Science and Technology to develop Technopreneurship Hubs in their respective HEIs were also among those approved. These innovative undertakings will localize Technopreneurship 101 classes, develop functional linkages between the academe and industry, and establish fabrication laboratories or fablabs in the five localities.

The K to 12 Transition Program

The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, locally and abroad, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.

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